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Do Australian Qualifications Help? The Effect of Host Country Qualification on Migrant Participation and Unemployment

  • JAAI PARASNIS
  • DIETRICH FAUSTEN
  • ROLAND CHEO

The current Australian migration program rewards applicants for possessing Australian tertiary qualifications. This study examines whether such qualifications help mitigate the labour market disadvantages faced by immigrants in Australia. The effect of host country qualification on labour market assimilation is estimated by comparing the labour force participation and unemployment of natives with two groups of migrants: those holding foreign qualifications and those holding Australian qualifications. Controlling for factors such as level of education and experience, there is no evidence that Australian qualifications result in better labour market outcomes for migrants. Copyright © 2008 The Economic Society of Australia.

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Volume (Year): 84 (2008)
Issue (Month): s1 (09)
Pages: S131-S140

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